These Common Dementia Medications Have Terrifying Side Effects

Here’s something worrisome to consider: Dementia-related diseases are steadily on the rise. The Alzheimer’s Association notes there are currently over 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and that number is projected to grow to up to 16 million by 2050. The disease kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined, so it’s time to take it seriously.

Chances are you know someone who is receiving treatment for Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia. While these medications are life-saving, they also come with quite a few side effects of their own. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Aricept

Son helping father suffering from alzheimers

This is a common medication for those suffering from alzheimers. | Monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

If you’re helping someone with dementia, you’re surely familiar with this common medication. Aricept, or Donepezil as it’s known generically, treats confusion and can help those with the disease improve their memory and awareness. There’s no cure for dementia, but medications like this one can certainly help brain function.

The side effects for Aricept can be incredibly severe, and they include vomiting and nausea, diarrhea, and chronic sleep problems. Arthritis, depression, and blood under the skin are less frequent, but still possible.

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